Tracy Deonn is UNC-Chapel Hill royalty. After receiving three degrees from UNC-CH, she featured the university as the setting of her debut novel. “Legendborn” follows 16-year-old Bree Wilson as she navigates the fantastical and not-so-fantastical elements of UNC-CH’s campus.
The idea of living as if there is an ever-present audience and the idea of comparing ourselves to the fictional ideals we grew up with both remind me of a philosophical framework for self-understanding called narrative identity.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, empowerment has been a central theme amongst survivors. Praised for using their voices, women have found hope and inspiration after years of repression. However, the vulnerability and trauma that come with sexual assault are overlooked.